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12th-Feb-2012 06:42 pm - Caryatid, the Erectheion, Athens



This caryatid, a column in the form of a female figure, came from the temple of Erectheus, the legendry archaic king of Athens, on the Acropolis of Athens.  Completed by 409BC, the temple was commissioned by Pericles, and the sculptor was Pheidias.

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6th-Feb-2012 09:43 pm - Antinous as Dionysus


This is a reproduction of the Antinous as Dionysus bust which is in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.  I've been buying things again!


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4th-Feb-2012 10:11 pm - Pericles


This is a 2nd century AD Roman copy of a lost Greek original, 440-430 BC, of Pericles, the great Athenian orator and statesman who died in 429 BC.


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17th-Nov-2011 09:28 pm - New Community
If anyone is interested in Alexander the Great or Hephaestion, you might like to check out the new community alexandersarmy. Hope to see you there!
13th-Nov-2011 11:01 pm - Hephaestion Relief


This is a copy of the Hephaestion Relief in the Thessaloniki Museum, which system1988 very, very kindly sent to me. It dates to 330-320 BC and is a contemporary, identified portrait of Hephaestion. The inscription says 'To the hero Hephaestion from Diogenes'. Diogenes is believed to be one of the 10,000 Macedonians who returned with Craterus. The relief is believed to come from a temple to Hephaestion in Pella.

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6th-Nov-2011 09:31 pm - Maenad, National Museum, Athens
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A statue of a sleeping Maenad made from Pentelic marble. It was found near the Acropolis. Presumably adorned a luxury residence. The Maenad is asleep, lying on a panther skin, spread on a rocky surface. The type is known as the reclining Hermaphrodite. Time of the emperor Hadrian (117- 138 AD) - National Museum of Athens.


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2nd-Nov-2011 10:05 pm - Emperor Hadrian, Piraeus Museum
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Colossal statue of the Emperor Hadrian wearing a breastplate. The identification of the statue is based on the decoration of the breastplate (figures of Victory placing wreaths on a palladion - a statue of Athena with the she-wolf of Rome at the bottom). The statue was probably destined for export. 2nd century AD.
2nd-Nov-2011 09:51 pm - Funerary oinochoe, Piraeus museum
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Marble funerary urn in the shape of an 'oinochoe', dated to the 3rd quarter of the 4th century BC, with the representation of a 'farewell' scene.  A seated woman is offering her right hand in farewell to a man standing in front of her. Behind her are figures of relatives.
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The upper part of the stele, with palmette, of Diogenes son of Apollonides, from Pyrrha on Lesbos. The delicate workmanship of the palmette stands out thanks to the good state of preservation of the paint, especially the blue background of the stele. First half of 4th century BC.
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